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The Warning Tones You Hear Today Are Just Tests, According to Tyler PD

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This morning we received a press release from the Tyler Police Department regarding testing of Tyler’s Outdoor Warning System and Tyler Emergency Alert System.

In the wake of the recent tornado storms that thrashed East Texas over the weekend, the City of Tyler is making sure every precaution is being taken. Today at 11 am the City of Tyler Outdoor Warning Systems will be activated, so no need to be alarmed (ehh… I had to).

The press release states the warning will begin with a test message and will be followed by a 30-second steady tone, a 30-second alternate steady tone, a 30-second pulsed steady tone and lastly, Westminster Chimes. The times of the tones are approximate.

The test warning message will say:

Attention: This is a test of the City of Tyler outdoor early warning system. This is only a test. If this were an actual emergency, you should tune to your local radio station, 600 on your AM dial. This is only a test.

If this were an actual emergency for a tornado warning: the message would read:

Warning! The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for Smith County. Residents should immediately take cover. This is a tornado warning.

To read about all of the different warnings you’ll receive from the Tyler Outdoor Warning System, visit the Tyler Police website.

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